Police say home invader in Taylorsville may be part of area burglaries

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Police say home invader in Taylorsville may be part of area burglaries (Photo: Surveillance video)

(KUTV) Unified Police Department wants the public's help finding a man who was caught on video invading one home and may be connected with other burglaries in the area.

In one instance, police said he took a family's SUV and hung out int heir home for at least two hours -- all caught on home surveillance cameras.

The Hardt family had surveillance cameras that captured a view of the man, including clear pictures where he can be seen entering the family home through its back doggie door. He tried multiple times to reach his arm through and turn the lock, eventually succeeding.

“My husband just wanted to put up cameras and so we did. Hopefully they are helpful,” homeowner Alexandria Hardt said.

The man was filmed rifling through the family's belongings.

“He obviously did not show any fear while inside this home and that’s the scary part,” detective Brian Lohrke from Unified Police Department said.

He even tried on some of the clothing in the home before leaving. He took jewelry, including a diamond ring that belongs to Alexandria Hardt's grandmother that is valuable but has an even greater sentimental value.

She arrived home at 6:22 p.m. while the man was still in the home. He hid for seven minutes before making his escape out of a second-story window. Using a set of spare keys he took earlier, he opened a back-yard gate and took off in a dark green Honda Element with license plate Z454US.

The man is described as:

  • white with short hair
  • has a neck tattoo
  • has tattoos on both arms
  • average build

Anyone with information on the man is asked to call: 801.743.7000